I’ve adored Monster Trucks since I’ve been a kid. I remember going to see them at the local Tractor Pull arena where they would crush cars, jump really high and do lots of stunts. Everyone always looked forward to when Bigfoot came to town. The sport and the trucks have evolved so much through the years and while the premise of the sport is basically the same there are still differences that stand out to me being an old school game. Capturing this sport in a video game would prove challenging and the folks at Rainbow Studios have a history with dirt motorsports. So yup, I had high hopes for this game from the onset. Unfortunately, those hopes were tossed into the mud with unrealistic physics, spastic environment collisions and just a lack of any sort of realism whatsoever. Folks, this game is not very good and while I continued playing it hoping it would get better I would experience moments that just made me want to turn it off.
Visually, the game looks great with various environments and some pretty outstanding arenas. The trucks look great and the tearing sheet metal is exactly what I would expect. But there was one glaring issue with the visuals. Where’s the mud caked onto the tires and trucks. Where’s the dust? The trucks are perfectly spotless throughout events and never get dirty. Never. Not acceptable. You can do better than that guys. As a whole though, the visuals in the game looked super promising and I figured if this much detail was apparent here then the gameplay should be stellar too.
I was wrong. The gameplay is plagued by clunky physics that result in almost ragdoll style reactions with your vehicle. Your truck can barrel around 20 times in mid air if you hit something just right. You’ll also see quite a bit of clipping and warping through terrain. I was racing across a bridge when one of the AI trucks hit me into the side of the bridge causing a catastrophe of bad physics and resulting in me warping through the bridge to a canyon below. This was just my first instance and it happened live on stream. Oh it got some great laughs that’s for sure.
The game offers up a career mode as well as quick play modes. The career mode is a little irritating because you have to race through various series compiled of multiple events. Those events include one on one brackets, 8 truck races, freestyle events, and checkpoint races. The thing about these Series is that there is no way to view the schedule of events for that specific series. So, you just go through and race each event until it tells you that you’ve completed the series. You’ll have to finish in the top 3 to unlock the next series.
I’m telling you, I wanted to enjoy this game so much and take it in as a casual monster truck game. But the bugs and physics just seem way to prevalent to really be able to dig my teeth into the game. More frustration arises than smiles and that is really disappointing. I enjoy the first Monster Truck Jam we had on the Xbox One. Sure, it was a bit tedious at times but at least it was fun. I can’t even go into free play and have too much fun with Steel Titans. I am not sure if the developers tried to make the game more realistic but then regressed from that thought and made it more casual because honestly something feels really off.
If you are looking for a fun Monster Truck Game then I have to suggest you pick up a copy of Monster Truck Jam and steer clear of Steel Titans. At least until they fix what I think is a very broken game. It breaks my heart because I know Rainbow Studios are good at what they do and I can’t fathom what happened here. Sim or not sim? It somehow got stuck in between. I’d definitely wait until you can pick this one up cheap before investing any of your hard-earned money in it. Again, that pains me so much to say that but it’s true.